BUFFALO, NY – No. 1 Canisius College defeated No. 4 Niagara University, 16-6, to advance to its seventh-straight MAAC Women's Lacrosse Championship game and eighth overall in program history.
Canisius faces No. 2 Fairfield University in the 2017 MAAC Women's Lacrosse Championship game. The Championship final takes place on Sunday, May 7 from the Demske Sports Complex on the campus of Canisius College. The Championship game can be streamed live onESPN3.
2017 MAAC Midfielder of the Year, Erica Evans led all scorers with six points (four goals, two assists). With her first assist of the night, Evans broke the MAAC single-season points record, which was previously 91. Evans set the record of 91 last season and after tonight's game has a total of 97 points. The junior added six ground balls, four caused turnovers, and two draw controls en route to the semifinal victory.
A total of six Griffs scored multiple goals this evening. Junior Jen Reininger and sophomore Tessa Chad each recorded hat tricks for Canisius. Reininger scored the game's first goal just 1:27 into the contest to open up the scoring. Chad now has 50 goals on the season and ranks second on the team behind Evans (70).
Canisius began the game on a 5-0 run and outscored Niagara, 13-1, in the first half. The Griffs outshot the Purple Eagles, 29-12, and tallied 20 shots on goal. As a team, Canisius recorded 16 ground balls, 14 draw controls, and five free-position goals.
Niagara received a two-goal outing from sophomore Mackenzi Molodetz. The 2017 MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, Alexandra Higgins registered three ground balls and two caused turnovers. All-MAAC Rookie Team selection, freshman Lauren Paul led the team with four draw controls.
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